Granting a Request

My son made it back from his first tour in Afghanistan two days ago. He will probably have to go back at least once. This is from his Facebook posting.

“Lindsay Lohan, 24, is all over the news because she’s a celebrity drug addict. While Justin Allen 23, Brett Linley 29, Matthew Weikert 29, Justus Bartett 27, Dave Santos 21, Chase Stanley 21, Jesse Reed 26, Matthew Johnson 21, Zachary Fisher 24, Brandon King 23, Christopher Goeke 23, Sheldon Tate 27, they are all Marines who gave their lives this week, no media mention. Honor THEM by reposting…”

As a matter of fact, it IS your responsibility

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What our competitors understand about our success

How amazing that our “strategic competitor,” China, would undertake a study to understand what made western culture strong. What is even more amazing is what they found.

The key to our civilisation
The Chinese have recognized Christianity’s importance in Western culture, says Cardinal George Pell, so why don’t we?

Paradoxically, modern China can help us understand Western life today. Not because China must achieve economic supremacy (20 years ago we were ascribing that honour to Japan), but because this radically different culture is now searching for the secrets of Western vitality to provide a code for decency and social cohesion compatible with sustainable economic development.

In 2002 a member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences described their attempts to account for the pre-eminence of the West. Originally they thought the main reason was more powerful guns. Then it was Western political systems, followed by the Western economy. Their final conclusion, however, was this: ‘In the past 20 years, we have realised that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity… The Christian moral foundation of social and cultural life was what made possible the emergence of capitalism and then the transition to democratic politics. We don’t have any doubt about this.’

Zhao Xiao, an official economist in China, also published an article in 2002 titled ‘Market Economies With Churches and Market Economies Without Churches’. It made the obvious points that market economies promote efficiency, discourage laziness, force competition. They work and produce wealth. But, he pointed out, a market cannot discourage people from lying or causing harm and indeed may encourage people to harm others and pursue wealth by any means.

Zhao is critical of the corruption and exploitation in Chinese economic life.

As I’ve posted on this site before, America is the continuation of the social project melding of Athens (civic government) with Jerusalem (JudeoChristianity). Fascinating that those who wish to emulate our success “discover” this while our schools, media, and other “institutions” do all they can to weaken (and then destroy) the one foundation that makes us succeed.

Case in point is the recent financial meltdown. As I’ve also posted on this site, the crisis (and the recession it caused) is a moral crisis, not a financial one. Corruption will kill America sooner than Mexicans or Chinese.

Returning to the party they belong in

It’s time for the black community to abandon the party of Bankers, Trial Lawyers and Corrupt Bond Dealers. There have been numerous critiques of Michael Steele, but if he opens the party up to more black candidates, that can only be a good thing.

The GOP’s New Race Card

Republicans have recruited their biggest roster of African-American candidates ever. John Avlon on how the GOP hopes to use this group of 32 to help close their diversity deficit.

There are 32 African-American Republicans running for Congress in the first midterm elections of the Obama administration. That is more than the entire number of black Republicans who have served in Congress in U.S. history.

This group met last night at a closed-to-the-press reception hosted by RNC Chairman Michael Steele at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C., to kick off a two-day conference of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, a two-year old organization committed to three principles: “We are devoted Christians, proud black Americans and active Republicans,” its chairman, Timothy F. Johnson, told me.

The list of 32 candidates is diverse in terms of geography and background. And while some are certainly considered long shots, Johnson believes that black Republicans can help pick up at least five seats for the GOP this fall. Some of the more notable candidates include:

• Scripps Howard columnist Star Parker, author of the controversial Uncle Sam’s Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America’s Poor and What We Can Do About It and a college-campus speaker for the Clare Boothe Luce Institute. She is running in California’s 37th District, which includes parts of Compton and Long Beach.

• Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams, the only statewide elected African-American official in the Lone Star State, brought the house down at CPAC with a speech focused on energy independence (the Texas Railroad Commission helps regulate the oil and gas industry). He is running for the U.S. Senate, facing a likely primary against incumbent Kay Bailey Hutchinson, who lost her challenge to Texas Governor Rick Perry this month.

• The Reverend Michel Faulkner is running as a Republican in Harlem to replace the ethically embattled Rep. Charles Rangel. An inspirational speaker who has served as a pastor in northern Manhattan for the past 20 years, Faulkner is also known for having played a season for the hometown favorite New York Jets. He is campaigning on an anti-corruption, pro-growth platform, saying” I believe that the American Dream has been stolen by greed and corruption, causing hard-working, peace-loving people to become apathetic about democracy and, when that happens, democracy does not work.”

• Allen West is a highly decorated retired Army lieutenant colonel who resigned with full benefits after an investigation for misconduct in Iraq. His troops were accused of harshly interrogating an Iraqi police officer they believed had given information to insurgent forces that targeted U.S. soldiers. West was accused of firing a pistol near the man’s head. When asked if he would act the same way during a subsequent inquest, West defended his actions saying, “If it’s about the lives of my men and their safety, I’d go through hell with a gasoline can.” He campaigned unsuccessfully for Florida’s 22nd District in 2008 and is trying again in 2010.

• Angela McGlowan is a former Fox News contributor and Capitol Hill staffer who authored the book Bamboozled. An elegant and polished presence, she spoke at the National Tea Party convention in Nashville in remarks that were carried by C-SPAN. She is running in her native Mississippi in the 1st Congressional District.

• Ryan Frazier is a highly regarded 31-year old city councilman from Aurora, Colorado, who is seen as a rising star among Western conservatives. He considered running for the U.S. Senate before switching his sights to the 7th Congressional District.

• Princella Smith is a 26 year old who won a 2004 MTV public-speaking contest that got her a speaking slot at that year’s Republican National Convention. She is running for an open seat in the 1st District of Arkansas, which is trending Republican.

He was watching the “Live MMA” (to the tune of Y-M-C-A)

Res Ipsa Loquiter – the thing speaks for itself.

Is Ultimate Fighting Gay?

I had heard the accusations and innuendo. And just two minutes into the first preliminary fight of last week’s Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event I saw something that confirmed them. I was in a sports bar in the San Gabriel Valley, a predominately working-class suburban area just east of Los Angeles that has produced a disproportionate number of mixed martial-arts (MMA) fighters and is home to some of the sport’s most committed fans. Malls in the area are filled with men wearing gothic-inspired MMA t-shirts and baseball hats, and the parking lots often become mock battlegrounds for teenage boys acting out the punches, kicks, and grappling moves of the fastest-growing and what many believe is the most macho sport in the United States.

But when Chase Gormley threw Stefan Struve to the mat and mounted him between his legs, a young woman in the corner of the bar yelled “that is so hot!” A minute later, Struve turned the tables with his own throw and mount, then clasped Gormley’s head, neck, and shoulder between his legs in what is called a “triangle choke hold.” At this point the woman, who was sitting with two quiet and increasingly embarrassed men, moaned lustfully then turned to her companions and told them she was “getting ideas” for things to do with her boyfriend. A man wearing skull-and-bones MMA gear sitting near me slammed down his Bud Lime and shouted at her that she was “ruining the fight.”

I found out later that the two men sitting with the aroused women were among a growing gay MMA fan base. They told me that they were just as turned on by the action as their female friend but contained themselves for fear of retribution from the “hyper-macho” crowd. “She says what we can’t when we watch the fights in public,” one said.

It figures.

Barack O-bore-ma

As I’ve stated, Obama is an awful leader, but a good campaigner. That is why all he does is campaign. I make no predictions, but I think this will grow old. It is hard to create a “cult of personality” around yourself when you don’t have one.

Democrat anger at Obama overkill

WHEN the White House announced last week that President Barack Obama will be returning to the nation’s television screens on Tuesday for a prime-time press conference that will postpone the latest episode of American Idol – the talent show watched by 25m viewers – fans of the programme were quick to respond.

“Stop, please stop, Mr O, we can’t take much more,” one angry viewer wrote on an Idol-related website. “Not again!” complained another. “It’s the same speech he’s been giving for the past year.”

There were dark mutterings that by commandeering evening programming only a few days after he appeared on Jay Leno’s popular late-night chat show, Obama was “just like Fidel Castro [of Cuba] and Hugo Chavez [of Venezuela] – always on camera, always giving speeches and lecturing”.

The barbed response to the prospect of yet another mass-media dose of Obama’s economic prescriptions underlined the dangers the president is facing as he struggles to sell his recovery efforts to a country seething with anger and anxiety over the costs, effectiveness and potential abuse of the government’s trillion-dollar bailout programme.

White House aides remain outwardly confident that Obama’s telegenic appeal will reassure Americans who were appalled by last week’s Wall Street bonus fiasco and who are becoming increasingly skeptical about the president’s so-called “Big Bang” approach to reviving a shattered economy.

Barack Obama is 100% responsible for the so-called “bonus fiasco,” along with skanks Dodd and Franks. Like the bribes they took from Fannie and Freddie, they just got caught once again doing the bidding of the craven financial interests that paid for their election.

Also note the comparison to Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. A mere 60 days into the Presidency, and he’s already outed himself.

While blaming Bush or Obama, save a little for yourself…

I’ve been wanting to write an article just like this for quite a while now. Matthew Continetti at the Weekly Standard beat me to it. If there is a big point to take from this, it is that WE are the ones who gave these elites (DC, Wall Street, and Hollywood) this absurd power over our lives (in one way or another).

The Age of Irresponsibility

Decades from now, historians are going to fill e-tome after e-tome debating when the crisis in American authority began. A good place to start would be the Clinton era. The president of the United States had a tawdry affair, lied about it, and refused to accept any responsibility for his actions. The Republicans correctly pointed out that the president had acted beneath his office. The problem was that many of them were acting beneath their offices, too. In Washington, where the spirit of public service is supposed to reign, both Democrats and Republicans were using positions of power for private indulgence. Many things sprang from the Clinton impeachment. Confidence in authority was not one of them.

“What is required of us now,” Obama said, “is a new era of responsibility–a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly.” Obama identified the pervasive lack of accountability among American political, economic, and cultural elites. He reminded his audience of the concept of duty. And while he might have expanded the sphere of personal obligation a little too far–what does it mean, exactly, to have duties to “the world”?–the message was spot-on. “It is time to put away childish things,” Obama said earlier in the speech, quoting Paul.

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